2014 Fantasy Football Buy or Sell: Jamaal Charles at No. 1

By Bill Pivetz
Jamaal Charles
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Deciding who to draft with the No. 1 overall pick is not as easy as many people think. There are three or four legitimate players that could be drafting first. Players like Adrian PetersonLeSean McCoyMatt Forte and Peyton Manning can all make a case for the No. 1 spot. The player you should draft first overall is Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.

Charles had a great 2013 season. He recorded his second-most carries with 259 and scored a career-high 12 rushing touchdowns. As the No. 1 running back, he handles all of the carries. There is very little competition for the starting job.

Quarterback Alex Smith had very little talent to throw to last year. Dwayne Bowe looks to be on the decline of his career and will miss the first game of this season and Donnie Avery isn’t a reliable No. 2 wide receiver.

The team has an up-and-coming tight end Travis Kelce and could be a safety blanket for Smith. However, Charles is the No. 1 guy in the passing game as well. He had 70 receptions last year, 25 more than his previous career high, with 693 receiving yards and seven more touchdowns. Of the top-eight running backs in terms of carries, Charles finished fourth in total touches (carries and receptions) last season with 329.

Charles is a top-three running back with possible No. 1 status. Knile Davis is the No. 2 running back on the depth chart, but it would take a major injury to Charles for him to see playing time. Charles’ value increases greatly in a PPR league. An extra 70-80 points could be a big difference throughout the season.

If you have the No. 1 overall pick, do not hesitate to select Charles.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy sports writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BPiv_Sports and ask him any fantasy question.

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